In what Mediaite says appears to be the first 2020 ad for President Trump's re-election campaign, supporters hear an unusual request. Campaign chief Brad Parscale asks them to call an 800 number and leave a personal message of thanks for the president. "We need to let President Trump know that we appreciate what he's doing for America," Parscale says. "I need you to call the number on your screen and deliver a thank-you to President Trump." You can see the ad via this tweet from journalist Yashar Ali, who spotted it on CNN Monday night.
"President Trump has achieved more during his time in office than any president in history," says Parscale. This being a campaign ad, another motive is at play: money. The Washington Post punched in the number and found that callers do indeed get a prompt to record their message. Then comes a plea for a donation, followed by a second one if callers disregard the first. "I understand a contribution is a lot to ask for, but President Trump is asking for your support now, before it's too late," Parscale says. "We must protect the Trump presidency for the American people." (The number of potential Democratic candidates keeps growing.)